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I am not defending Steve McClaren. He had to go. But the fact remains, the culpable are still there. They created this ‘mess ‘.
Team systems have also evolved, negating the long ball. This season our team has launched, some would say humped speculatively, more long balls than any other team in the league and look where that has got us.
In a game awash with statistics, I wish someone would compile them to prove that passing back to the goalkeeper gives the ball away. From my own observation it happens…
The resemblance between Chelsea’s David Luiz and Fabricio Coloccini is uncanny.
Comparisons with Beardsley and Waddle are valid and, in some respects, Ben Arfa is better. He is physically stronger, especially running with the ball, and shoots more powerfully than any of them.
Too often the defending is desperate and when it cracks it is catastrophic – as it was at Fulham, Spurs, Wigan and home to Chelsea.
I must be going a bit senile as the penny dropped….his record against sunderland is comparable with Jackie Milburn’s and better than Alan Shearer’s.
Perhaps it is just as well some of our team are not playing in Iran, where an immoral goal celebration may earn a punishment of 74 lashes.
Did United’s capital performance at Craven Cottage deserve corporal punishment?
The English/British players are the best…at what?
Do players like Pele and…Ben Arfa benefit from modern day rules or does ‘get stuck in’ rule?
Mike Ashley reigns supreme with his business empire.
Could he translate those business talents to Newcastle United?
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